The official change doesn't happen until later this summer, but rest assured this is not your father's Big Ten conference any longer. Now, teams like Michigan and Wisconsin and Iowa will be joined by a former cornerstone of the ACC (Maryland) and an also-ran Big East team (Rutgers). There are bags full of money somehow involved, I think.
So as the winds of change sweep through the midwest only to continue on east to the Atlantic coast, so to do we at Maize n Brew figure out what the hell to do with the off season. There will be draft coverage this week, looks back at the basketball team and its past success (as well as the questions ahead of it), and more Michigan football and recruiting coverage than you can shake a stick at.
But that isn't all. Once again we have decided to take a look around the conference to try and figure out what is going on as the 2014 football season approaches. Not only are there two new additions to the conference, but the divisions have shifted and placed Michigan in close proximity with its two closet rivals who happen to be coming off impressive seasons. Most of MIchigan's old division is now grouped together with the other westernmost teams.
Over the next three months we will take a look at each Big Ten team. Things will start in the west with the other division and then shift east mid summer so we can focus more on those teams standing between Michigan and a much needed conference championship run. A full schedule (starting with each Monday):